Today, Princess Marie attended the Day of the French Language at the Dansk Industri in Copenhagen.
The Day of the French Language (Journée de la Francophonie) is celebrated every 20 March across the world. The date was chosen in order to celebrate the creation of the International Organisation of La Francophonie on March 20th, 1970.
According to the Organisation’s 2018 report, French is spoken by approximatively 300 million people across the world. French is the fifth most spoken language and the second most learned foreign language after English and its place in the business world is evolving rapidly. This is why the Dansk Industri decided to organize a conference focusing on the benefits of speaking French to do business.
This starts by hiring employees who can speak French but also helping all the employees to learn French when it is appropriate for their position. This would be particularly helpful when doing business in African countries for example as a lot of these countries have French as a main language and not English. The conference also focused on education asking questions such as “How high must the linguistic level be for it to be efficient?” and “What role does culture play?”. To answer these questions, higher education leaders were invited to give their assessment of how companies and students get the most out of the new initiatives in the Danish government national language strategy for the French language.
The text of Princess Marie’s full opening speech isn’t available yet but I know she made her speech in French and here is a small extract: ” Thank you to Dansk Industri, the Institut Français and the group of Ambassadors from French-speaking countries for hosting this great event about the French language and to the audience for being so many to attend. You know how much I love the French language which is spoken on the five continents by approximatively 230 million of people today and by many more tomorrow. You also know about my engagement for the education of young people in Denmark and abroad. In today’s globalized world, multilingualism is a very important asset to understand and to succeed. Denmark is a very international-friendly country so it is important that young Danes know foreign languages as much as possible. The French language is not only a language with culture and values. […]” I will update the post when the full speech is available.
After the first part of the conference – which was focused on business- Princess Marie took part in the networking event before attending the second part of the conference focusing on education.
Princess Marie wore a fully repeated outfit today including some items that we hadn’t seen in a few years. She decided to wear her Paul & Joe coat which she last wore in 2011 during an official visit to Italy.
She also wore a black Hugo Boss peplum top which she first wore during an official visit to Paris, France in 2014 with an ufo skirt that she debuted in 2009. Her earrings are the ‘Trinity’ earrings from JEWLSCPH and her Christine Hvelplund diamond bracelet.
Marie paired the outfit with her Carlend Copenhagen black ‘Aicha’ clutch and her favorite Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps.
In other news, Prince Joachim had an unannounced event last week. On March 12th, Prince Joachim visited Fredensborg Castle’s Rotary Club. During the event, he talked about his life and his job in the Armed Forces. Around 160 members from 13 different Rotary Clubs in the attended the event. Prince Joachim explained that his job consists of advising the Chief of Defense about the defense programs of the Armed Forces and the Home Guards volunteers. After his presentation, the Prince answered the audience’s questions. Prince Joachim also visited the small castle museum where he had the opportunity to see old photos of the castle in which he spent most of his childhood. You can see photos of the event here.
A guest shared a nice photo of herself and Prince Joachim at the event with a nice text: “Rotary Tuesday night. This gentleman is undervalued. What a fantastic evening with HRH Prince Joachim, who visited my Rotary club in Fredensborg for this year’s completely sold out intercity meeting. Lively, humorous and knowledgeable – 160 listeners got it all. I kept short speeches in the Prince and it was with little butterflies in the stomach. It was called both brave & bold. Everything is as it should be. Thank you!”
Rotary Clubs exist all over the world and “brings together people who work for major issues on different levels. Members represent many different industries such as health, the arts, industry, handicrafts, homemaker, leadership at all levels, etc. All these different backgrounds provide different perspectives and experience in cooperation improve s life for others who need help.” Prince Henrik was Patron of Copenhagen’s Rotary Club.
On Monday evening, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the CBS Case Competition Welcome Dinner at the New Carlsberg Brewhouse in Copenhagen.
The CBS Case Competition is held annually for students from universities around the world who come up with solutions to issues posed by the business community. The twelve teams taking part in the competition were guests of the dinner and they had the opportunity to talk with Prince Joachim and Princess Marie about the competition and posed for a group photo with them. The couple also posed with the students who are part of the Organizing Committee.
Each year, a business case is chosen and teams of students from all over the world try to solve the case in the Global Competition: “Global 2019 is CBS Case Competition’s response to an increasingly digitalized world. We believe that no matter where in the world you find yourself, you should have the opportunity to participate in one of the best undergraduate case competitions. Our sixteen years of experience with case solving have crystallized into a new format of online interaction, which you can experience in the spring of 2019. “
The competition has another category, the Invitational Competition which takes place this week. This year, for the first time, one team was qualified through the Global Competition. The Invitational competition is a “by-invitation-only format for undergraduate case teams. Every year, 12 talented teams get invited to participate. ” There are three criteria for selection to the competition:
A prominent case team of four undergraduate students
Previous case solving experience
This year’s case company is Maersk, a Danish container shipping company. Soren Skou, the CEO of the company, wrote a short letter to the students to introduce the case: “Maersk is on a mission to enable and facilitate global supply chains and provide opportunities for our customers to trade globally, as well as source parts and materials from the most competitive suppliers. Almost 20% of all containers globally and more than 25% of all refrigerated containers, move on our network and on one of our more than 700 ships. We focus on simplifying and connecting our customers’ supply chains to offer end-to-end solutions for the safe transportation of their cargo. Especially the transportation of commodities that require extra attention, like refrigerated cargo, is a focus area for us and we see that there is a strong need for an integrated end-to-end service on a global scale for our cold chain customers.
So, put yourself in the shoes of our customers and reflect upon their needs when trusting us with their precious refrigerated cargo from farm to supermarket. How would you build a unique value proposition for them? I look forward to hear your proposals and would like to thank you in advance for your time and for sharing your ideas.”
Prince Joachim attend the dinner every year and Princess Marie attended the dinner in 2013 but I believe this is the first time they attended the dinner together.
Princess Marie wore a fully repeated outfit for this event. Her suit and top were first worn back in 2017 and they are still ufos.
Today, Princess Marie was at Nordea to meet with employees that have autism as Patron of the National Association for Autism. She was able to talk to them and learn more about their daily tasks and work. UPDATE 08/02: Nordea sent me a press release and a new photo.
“Her Royal Highness Princess Marie visited the Automation office space, where the princess had a chance to greet all our colleagues in the Automation team and have in-depth talks with our colleagues with autism.
One of our colleagues showed the princess our automation infrastructure where the programs modules to ensure that all our internal services can be automated. Another colleague showed how services are created to perform Nordea’s internal banking services and the self-service portal where customers order different items. A third colleague told about his participation in #Hack19. Hackathon is a two-day event where ideas are developed by employees across Nordea.
The princess was keen to learn more – she asked questions about favourite code language, where they had worked before and how it was to work for Nordea. Christoffer from Automation governance says: “It was nice that the patron of the National Association for Autism showed interest in how we feel about working at Nordea. Princess Marie seemed genuinely interested in what we do, and she was very nice to talk to.”
We hosted a small reception where the princess had the opportunity to have more informal chats with all the team members. “Personally, I hope the visit will create more focus on employing colleagues with autism, both at Nordea and elsewhere,” says Majbritt Gyldengren, who is the coordinator for Nordea’s employees with autism.
The hiring of our seven colleagues was conducted through Specialisterne, which is a socially innovative company working to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mindset.”
Marie wore her old Ralph Lauren jacket with her Sergio Rossi boots. Both her earrings and her brooch are repeats. I can’t tell anything more about her outfit.
Princess Marie had two unannounced events last week. On January 30th, following the news of her future move to Paris, she attended a charity fashion show hosted by Danish designer Jesper Hovring.
Princess Marie attended a charity fashion show tonight during Copenhagen Fashion Week. She said moving to France was an exciting challenge for her children! More info and photos of the event to come hopefully. https://t.co/yBWXD9uVPc
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She wore a new pantsuit with her Christine Hvelplund earrings, Judith Leiber clutch, and her Michael Kors pumps.
On January 31st, Princess Marie met with director Marcus Mandal and creative director / CEO Klaus Schiang-Franck from Citizen Dane. The producing company made a short film about autism in 2017 and Princess Marie had attended the premiere back then.
She wore a new Theory blazer (with thanks to Elena) with her Tara Jarmon blouse and Zara pants.
Her ankle boots are ufo from October 2018 and her necklace is from Georg Jensen.
Today, Princess Marie attended the launch of the Danish UNESCO National Commission’s new strategy for 2019-2022. Princess Marie is Patron of the Commission and the Commission started working on the strategy last May in a seminar that Princess Marie attended.
UNESCO has been working on goal 4: “a good education for all” out of the 17 goals set out by the UN to ensure the planet’s sustainable development by 2030. The Danish Minister of Education said: “In more than 70 years UNESCO has worked globally for freedom of expression, respect for all human worth, good education for all and the preservation of valuable culture and natural heritage. These are values that Denmark is known for around the world. But we can not take them for granted. The world is changing rapidly, and each generation must reinvent and defend basic Democracy and freedoms. Denmark is among the best in the world to achieve the goal of a good education for all, but there are still challenges. The things we do is to get all of the conditions to complete an education, make it attractive to acquire vocational training and creating inclusive learning environments free from bullying. That can UNESCO and the World Goals help us to do better. “
The new strategy focuses on five main strategic initiatives. For each strategic initiatives, the Danish UNESCO National Commission set out goals to ensure that they can do better in those fields between 2019 and 2022:
Partnerships for the future
show how UNESCO and the Danish UNESCO actors contribute to achieving world goals and develop cooperation with all relevant stakeholders in relation to achieving the government’s target world ambitions.
be a catalyst for the opportunities, skills, and ideas for new initiatives and collaborations and we will bring stakeholders together.
mobilize resources and seek partnerships to UNESCO-related activities in Denmark and to projects that have a global focus.
strengthen communication about what we do, why we do it and what we achieve
strengthen the partnership with the Danish UNESCO institutions like the Danish UNESCO Center (the Center for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability) and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights and to ensure that they are a resource in implementing the strategy for working with UNESCO
encourage Danish stakeholders to engage in the UN Decade for Marine
Good education and global citizenship
help to ensure that all children and young people know the world goals. This will be done through the national work with education as a force for democracy and sustainable development through cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including UNESCO World undersized schools and adult education initiatives.
examine how UNESCO can play along with the Danish science strategy and promote the narrative that science is important for children and young people’s general education and contribute to solutions to global challenges.
inspiration to several Danish cities will be part of the global network of cities as UNESCO learning cities and UNESCO creative cities.
support and strengthen vocational schools and technical science education focusing on sustainable development. This will be done in collaboration with pupils, students, schools and universities and the parties behind the programs
work to ensure that UNESCO continues to provide quality data in the form of “Global Education Monitoring Report” and the results disseminated and used.
along with libraries, schools, and civil society to support strategic and concrete activities that promote reading – for example in the UN reading days each year on 8 September.
maintain focus on the right to education for refugee and migrant children in collaboration with civil society organizations, UN and other relevant training actors.
Freedom of expression and information creating democracy
actively promote global monitoring of artistic expression and relate it to Danish conditions and examine how the experience of working for the safety of journalists can be transferred to artists and scholars of the same challenges.
work to strengthen UNESCO’s monitoring of the right to science, culture, education, and freedom of scientific research. The Danish UNESCO Chair at the University of cultural rights will generate and communicate new knowledge and insights based on UNESCO conventions and recommendations
seek cooperation that strengthens digital imaging and media and information knowledge that can promote the desire to participate in an informed, critical and respectful democratic conversation.
highlighting the importance of equal access to information and preparedness to respond to propaganda and misinformation
support active Danish efforts of UNESCO’s International Program for Media Development (IPDC) and set up a campaign that Denmark elected into the program expert for the period 2019-2023.
follow up by Danish media actors and relevant ministries to prepare a national action plan for the safety of journalists, as recommended in the “UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity”
engage in dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including municipalities, the potential of several refuges or other measures to ensure artistic freedom and protect persecuted artists.
World heritage and communities in development
support the Danish authorities’ ongoing work with the Danish World.
support networking and exchange of experiences across the World Heritage in Denmark.
focus on how Denmark’s World Heritage sites, living heritage, cultural values, geoparks, and biosphere reserves and city networks contribute – individually and collectively – to education for sustainable development and global citizenship.
bring knowledge of the world compared to Danish educational institutions including through UNESCO collections at Moesgaard Museum and distribution of UNESCO guides and educational resources through relevant channels and EMU, Denmark learning portal.
demonstrate the importance of being a UNESCO designation, among other sustainable tourism, local identity, and the economy. It could be done through analysis and good examples.
engage in initiatives that make cultural heritage – both the living and material – relevant to children and young people and puts it in a contemporary context.
support Denmark’s involvement in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, including cooperation with research institutions, museums, public authorities, and other actors.
Equality and Inclusion across all initiatives
systematically integrate a gender perspective in the strategy’s action plan and equality assess all initiatives.
seek cooperation with Danish media actors in order to strengthen the focus on gender equality, both among media actors in content, through source selection and resourceful to stories, speakers and panelists at conferences and the like.
maintain UNESCO’s efforts to promote sex education in developing countries. Denmark is working actively to UNESCO’s “International Technical Guide on Sexuality Education”, used to strengthen sex education in schools.
strengthen the focus on sex and gender disparities on the importance of girls ‘and boys’ education practice
maintain UNESCO’s monitoring of global trends and challenges in relation to violence and bullying in schools based on gender, sexuality and gender identity. Denmark has joined UNESCO’s Call for Action as an important tool to promote learning environments free of discrimination both in Denmark and globally.
support more women to choose research road. L’Oréal/UNESCO prizes to young women researchers is a recognized model to be developed, including the possibility of concluding cooperation with other UNESCO concepts.
To launch the strategy, Princess Marie made a speech:
It is my great pleasure and pleasure to be able to participate in the launch of the new strategy for the Danish UNESCO work.
Congratulations to us. Congratulations to us that we now have a completed strategic framework for the Danish UNESCO work for the next 4 years. The work was started, as many of us were together not far from here at Blox last May. The final strategy that lies ahead of us has come to the world based on a great effort from many different subject areas and from many places in the country. It is in the spirit of UNESCO and I would like to thank you.
The UN’s 17 world goals play a central role in the strategy and world goals are not only important to us in UNESCO, but also to more and more organizations and businesses that have taken it on. The world goals are the most important conversation of our time, and I am pleased that in the Danish UNESCO work we can help carry this on to an even larger circle.
UNESCO is the UN body responsible for world goals 4 on a good education for all. And we are proud and happy about that. Everyone has the right to education! UNESCO’s work with world heritage is known throughout Denmark – and that is important.
Fewer people know about the Geopark in Odsherred and the Biosphere Reserve on Møn. Or for concepts such as UNESCO learning and creative cities. It is a shame … Because when a municipality engages in the opportunities and the “brand” UNESCO can offer, one will experience an increasing local commitment and pride.
In our work, we must strengthen our knowledge of the many opportunities and potentials that exist in UNESCO. There are countless resources in the Danish UNESCO landscape. The challenge for the next 4 years is to connect them in new ways. We must strive to see new synergies and work across sectors and organizations.
We need to help each other strengthen the knowledge of the many tools that UNESCO offers to the member states. UNESCO’s programs and networks are an offer for everyone to engage in our common future. But it can be difficult to do alone. Therefore, the strategy aims to explore new opportunities to work across and to enter into new partnerships. In Denmark, we have seen a growing interest in UNESCO in recent years in the form of a stronger commitment at local, regional and national level. The strategy points to 5 initiatives that can lift UNESCO’s work in Denmark
Besides partnerships for the future, this is about good education and global citizenship, freedom of expression in the press, art and science as well as world heritage and local development and not least equality and inclusion. The efforts go across all UNESCO mandates. It’s ambitious and it’s great.
Our children will inherit the world after us.
Therefore, I am very pleased to read that the Danish UNESCO National Commission wants to promote an approach that recognizes young people as actors who can create change and sustainable development. We cannot do without the engagement of the young! Later today, work must be done to link concrete actions and activities to the strategy and I look forward to following the work for the next 4 years.